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If he wasn’t hectoring households for not saving enough, he was blasting business leaders for saving too much, or weighing in on the contentious issue of whether Canada’s economy was showing symptoms of Dutch disease.

As well, he continued to press global financial institutions to reform in the wake of the carnage they caused in triggering the crisis of 2008, warning that as head of the Swiss-based Financial Stability Board he intends to use all his powers to make sure they do.

And then there was that head-turning job switch — the first non-Brit to be named governor of the Bank of England in the storied institution’s 318-year history. The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne called the Canadian the “outstanding central banker of his generation.”

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